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Professional Female Bodybuilding: Self-Determination Theory Approach

@article{Suffolk2015ProfessionalFB,
  title={Professional Female Bodybuilding: Self-Determination Theory Approach},
  author={Mark T. Suffolk},
  journal={Journal of international women's studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={16},
  pages={71-85}
}
  • Mark T. Suffolk
  • Published 1 July 2015
  • Psychology
  • Journal of international women's studies
Introduction "Female bodybuilders look disgusting, she looks like a man." (Shilling & Bunsell, 2009) The above quote demonstrates the common reaction to imagery depicting the hypermesomorphic somatotype of the typical professional female bodybuilder. The sheer physical stature of such a woman elicits powerful reactions from those outside the bodybuilding subculture. Specifically, by developing the almost perfect androgynous body (Schulze, 1997), stigmatization, marginalization, and sexism are… 

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